Friday, October 12, 2012

More than a tie

By Nathan Shoup, Sports Editor

First-year forward Lauren Larson is tied up with a Bruin defender fighting for position during Saturday’s 1-0 double overtime victory over George Fox. Larson’s seven goals this season are the team high and second best in the Northwest Conference. Photo by Jesse Major.

The women’s soccer team has played eight conference matches this season. Five ended in a tie. With a record of 4-1-5, 2-1-5 the Lutes are locked in a fourth place tie in the Northwest Conference.

Before this season, the most games the women’s soccer program had tied in a season was four. The 2012 squad has already surpassed that total with eight matches remaining.

In soccer, standings are determined on a points system. A win earns a team three points, a tie garners one point and a loss results in a goose egg.

The Lutes knocked off last-place George Fox 1-0 in double overtime Saturday at home. The game was already the sixth double overtime for the Lutes this season.

First-year forward Lauren Larson drove home her team-leading sixth goal of the season from 22 yards off an assist from junior defender Brenna Sussman.

The Lutes defeated Willamette in Salem the following day.  Maintaining the status quo, the Lutes won in double overtime, 3-2.

Larson added her seventh goal of the season in the seventh minute, again off an assist from Sussman.

The Bearcats responded with two goals in the following 18 minutes to take a 2-1 lead.
The two Bearcat goals cued the Blake Warner show.

The sophomore defender scored in the 58th minute on a corner kick that eluded all Lutes and Bearcats going into the goal. In the second overtime period, Warner won the game for the Lutes from 23 yards out on a ball that was deflected by the Willamette goalie and rolled into the goal.

The current two-game conference winning streak is the first for the Lutes since the last two games of the 2010 season.

The Lutes put their budding winning streak on the line this weekend, hosting Whitman tomorrow and Whitworth Sunday. Both games begin at noon.

The Lutes have already tied both teams this season.